11 Best Food in Desaru

If you’re thinking of spending a blissful short weekend getaway from Singapore to Johor, why not stop at one of the many budget-friendly seafood restaurants in the seaside town of Desaru?

The seaside views at some of these restaurants are not bad either!

Plus, it is an only quick drive (under an hour) from Desaru to Singapore too!

And other than deliciously fresh seafood, there are some other places you might want to check out in this list of 11 best eateries food in Desaru!

11 Best Desaru Food and Restaurant

1. Lotus Seafood Restaurant

This affordable restaurant is part of and within the compound of Lotus Desaru Beach Resort & Spa and faces the ocean in an open chalet-style structure.

Malay, Thai, Indonesian, Korean, Western and even Indian cuisine feature on the menu.

Lotus Seafood Restaurant Prawns

Notable dishes include:

  • Garlic butter lobster
  • Fish head curry
  • Lamb bulgogi
  • Kam Heong crab.

Lotus Seafood Restaurant Crabs

It is best to come here during the cooler evening to enjoy the lights of boats reflected in the water while listening to the live music performances!

Beer towers are available here!

Location: http://bit.ly/2Pn5q7G
Contact: +607-884 2800
Opening Hours: 8:00am to 11:00pm

2. Nelayan Seafood By The Coast

Close to Tunamaya Beach & Spa Resort, this restaurant offers a casual environment to enjoy seafood!

There is plenty of seating to go round (maximum capacity is 400 people)!

Also read: 11 Top Seafood Restaurants in Johor Bahru

Nelayan Seafood Restaurant

Sit inside or outside to enjoy unhampered views of the Desaru coastline! You can even walk to the beach from the restaurant!

In case you want to have a birthday or wedding celebration, there are adjoining dining rooms with air-con available!

Nelayan Seafood Restaurant Squids

The in-house chef prepares local seafood dishes like:

  • Salted egg yolk crab
  • Steamed white clams with garlic
  • King prawns with butter sauce
  • Braised or chili abalone
  • Seafood tom yam soup
Location: http://bit.ly/2IHfdUz
Contact: +607-833 8803
Opening Hours: 11:30am to 11:00pm


3. Aroi Thai Boat Noodle & Street Food

Authentic Thai boat noodles, anyone? You can find this quaint restaurant at the exit of Tunamaya Beach & Spa Resort.

Servings are pretty small but that only gives you the opportunity to try out the rest of their menu!

Aroi Thai Boat Noodle & Street Food

Dishes worth trying include:

  • Lemongrass chicken wing
  • Tom yam glass noodle soup
  • Thai basil chicken and rice (with green curry)
  • Pineapple fried rice

Enjoy the aircon and sit inside or the sea breeze outside at the cozy palette dining tables!

Tip: The pink van next to the restaurant makes for a good Instagram backdrop!

Location: http://bit.ly/2DlamVD
Contact: +607-833 8888
Opening Hours: 11:30am to 11:00pm


4. Teratai Coffee House

Teratai Coffee House is the to-go breakfast spot for guests at Lotus Desaru Beach Resort & Spa. So, it might be a little busy in the morning.

Teratai Coffee House Desaru

But no worries as the restaurant is open throughout the day!

The buffet is the main highlight here. But customers can also order from the À la carte menu which includes Asian and International food.

Teratai Coffee House Buffet

You will find a relaxing atmosphere here! And a lovely view of the sea!

Note: There is no alcohol available for sale here.

Location: http://bit.ly/2IFPa05
Contact: +607-884 2800 ext. 1713
Opening Hours: 24 hours


5. Jade Garden Seafood Corner

If you like fresh giant lobsters (without a hefty price tag), this is the place for you!

Jade Garden Seafood Restaurant At Sungai Rengit, Johor

There is a lobster pond including other aquariums with other live seafood and you can choose your own lobster!

The restaurant serves other seafood dishes too:

  • Lala with sambal
  • Fried squid
  • Salted egg yolk crab
  • Chilli Crab

Also read: 7 Best Seafood Restaurants In Malacca Every Seafood Lovers Must Try

You will have some pretty good views of the sea from this restaurant as well!

Jade Garden Seafood Corner Food

Tip: Try to avoid peak times during the weekend if you want to worry less about parking. Those reasonably low prices can draw quite a crowd!

Location: 54 Jalan Kerisi, Kampung Sungai Rengit, 81620 Kota Tinggi, Johor, Malaysia
Contact: +607-826 5460
Opening Hours:
Tuesday to Friday: 11:00am – 3:00pm & 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Saturday to Sunday: 11:00am – 10:00pm
Closed On: Mondays


6. Restoran Terapung Seafood Bujang Firefly

Want to impress a date? This floating restaurant has a wide selection of seafood dishes in Malay-style cuisine. And some Western-style dishes to boot!

Restoran Terapung Bujang Firefly

Dishes to try:

  • Fish head curry
  • Deep fried fish (sweet and sour style)
  • Tom yam

It is the perfect romantic setting for a date – dim lighting and quiet atmosphere!

Restoran Terapung Bujang Firefly Food

You can even go on a short boat ride in the evening to see fireflies in the mangroves! At an extra cost of around RM20.

Tip: Apply some mosquito repellent before you go to this restaurant as it is in a secluded area past thick plantations!

Location: http://bit.ly/2ULJqsU
Contact: +6012-759 3468
Opening Hours: 12:00pm to 12:00am


7. The Elephant & The Butterfly

Quite pricey but that is not surprising since this beautiful and colorful restaurant is at a Hard Rock Hotel!

The restaurant boasts a Mexican menu. Food comes in decent portions. Try their burgers!

Sit by the hotel poolside in one of the bright and spacious couches and enjoy the view! Maybe, with one of their very special in-house cocktails in hand too!

The Elephant & The Butterfly Hard Rock Hotel Food

They can even make one just for you if none of the ones on their menu suits your taste!

Wine enthusiasts will also find the wine selection at this establishment delightfully adequate!

Location: Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast, Jalan Pantai 3, Desaru Coast, 81930 Bandar Penawar, Johor, Malaysia
Contact: +607-838 8888
Opening Hours: 11:00am to 10:30pm


8. Super Lobster Restaurant

Another halal option, Super Lobster Restaurant is not your usual traditional Chinese restaurant!

One of their signature dishes is the herbal lobster which is well worth the price!

You can expect the restaurant to put out only the freshest seafood (like shrimp, lala, squid, crabs and of course lobsters!) dishes here. As they get their supply a few times a day!

Super Lobster Restaurant Food

This is a good alternative to the overly popular Jade Garden!

Other dishes to try:

  • Crab with salted egg yolk
  • Butter lobsters
  • Assam seabass
  • Tofu hotplate

Tip: Weekend crowds are crazy!

Location: 7, Jalan Jenahak, Kampung Sungai Rengit, 81600 Bandar Penawar, Johor, Malaysia
Contact: +607-824 6108
Opening Hours: 11:00am to 10:00pm


9. Fruit Buffet At Desaru Fruit Farm

Depending on which fruits are in season, visitors to Desaru Fruit Farm can pick all the fruit they desire!

They have different tropical fruits at the farm – Guava, longan, jackfruit, dragon fruit, passion fruit, banana, pineapple, mangosteen, rambutan, etc.

Fruit Shop at Desaru Fruit Farm

And the staff will serve the fruit all cut up and ready to eat at the fruit buffet.

There are even some pickled fruit options!

The in-house cafe has some creative dishes that feature fruits!

Desaru Fruit Farm Fruit Buffet

It’s worth trying their:

  • Passion fruit chicken
  • Pineapple sweet and sour prawns
  • Fresh papaya chicken soup
  • Deep fried squid with dragon fruit

They have plenty more!

Location: 92, 82200 Kota Tinggi, Johor, Malaysia
Contact: +6012-772 1817
Opening Hours: 8:30am to 6:30pm


10. Sengat Seafood Restaurant

If you happen to be anywhere between Desaru and Kota Tinggi in Johor, it might be worth stopping at this inconspicuous restaurant in a tiny fishing village called Teluk Sengat.

Especially if you are planning to drop by the crocodile farm nearby.

Sengat Seafood restaurant is furnished very simply – think typical kampung style (that means no air conditioning).

But the fresh seafood here makes it worth the drive!

Sengat Seafood Restaurant Food

Must-try dishes include:

  • Nyonya steamed fish with Assam paste
  • Sambal kangkung
  • Chilli Crab
  • Zhao Pai Mian (noodles)
  • Claypot tofu
  • Salted egg yolk crab
  • Deep fried buns (dip in gravy)
Location: 58, Jalan Belanak, Teluk Sengat, 81900 Ayer Tawar, Johor, Malaysia
Contact: +6019-729 0303
Opening Hours: 11:30am to 9:30pm


11. Ostrich Farm Restaurant

Come to the Desaru Ostrich Farm and meet some of the hundreds of ostriches here at Malaysia’s largest ostrich farm!

Understandably, you might not want to have a meal with ostrich meat after seeing a real life ostrich!

Ostrich Satay In Desaru Ostrich Farm

But this is one of the few places in Johor where you can try dishes made with ostrich meat!

So if you don’t mind, then the restaurant (more like a stall) at the farm has some ostrich meat delicacies you might want to try:

  • Ostrich satay
  • Bak kut teh
  • Stir fry
  • Omelette

Ostrich Omelette In Desaru Ostrich Farm

  • Rendang
  • Burgers
  • Steaks
Location: http://bit.ly/2KYGTHc
Contact: +607-826 5846
Opening Hours: 10:00am to 6:00pm


How To Get To Desaru From Singapore

Private Car From Singapore To Desaru

To get from Singapore to Desaru in Johor, you can take advantage of the Senai-Desaru Expressway.

It is an hour’s journey by car.

But if you don’t want to drive, you can take a private car service (with crossover benefits!) like SGMYTAXI.

SGMYTAXI: Private Taxi/Car From Singapore to Desaru Coast Water Park

Here are the advantages of taking SGMYTAXI service:

  1. Affordable rates
  2. You can choose a suitable sized car for your travel group
  3. Customize your own pick-up points and times
  4. Ample legroom and maximum comfort
  5. Don’t need to exit the car for immigration
  6. Drivers are punctual and familiar with Johor roads
  7. Online booking is easy

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